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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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This Little Kiddy Went to Market: The Corporate Capture of Childhood

Sharon Beder, Wendy Varney, Richard Gosden
UNSW Press, July 2009

Analysing school reforms in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and North America, This Little Kiddy Went to Market investigates the way that corporations are targeting younger children through advertising and marketing. The book argues that school reforms, driven by corporate needs, have encouraged children to 'define themselves by what they have rather than who they are'. The book 'uncovers the ways in which business coalitions have persuaded governments to turn schools into competing business enterprises which suit corporate ends rather than the interests of their children'. Adapted from publisher's description and table of contents.

KLA

Subject Headings

Commercialization of education
Canada
Great Britain
United States of America (USA)
New Zealand

Helping Children Learn Mathematics, 9th Edition

Robert E. Reys, , Diana V. Lambdin, Nancy L. Smith
Wiley-Blackwell, 19 November 2008
Essential skills, strategies and activities for teachers of primary mathematics classes are outlined in this text. New features in this 9th edition include authentic examples from classrooms, games boards, a new chapter on number theory, and additional material that teachers can access on an accompanying website. Chapters include: Helping Children Learn Mathematics with Understanding; Helping Children with Problem Solving; Counting and Number Sense in Early Childhood and Primary Grades; and Computation Methods: Calculators, Mental Computation and Estimation. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics

Subject Headings

Professional development
Teacher training
Primary education
Mathematics teaching
Mathematics
Classroom activities

Best Practice in Mathematics for Pupils Aged 3 to 7 Years

Estyn, June 2009

Commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, the report presents findings about best practices for teaching mathematics to students between the ages of 3 and 7. Schools should deepen teachers' mathematics understanding to help them build on students' knowledge; provide opportunities for everyday use of mathematics; ensure all staff are involved in both short- and long-term mathematics program planning; effectively monitor and analyse student progress in order to plan teaching improvements; ensure that assessment reflects students' abilities and is sufficiently challenging; and share good practices with others in their area. Case studies exemplifying best practice are included. Full text is available online.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics

Subject Headings

Primary education
Numeracy
Mathematics teaching
Mathematics

Academic Language! Academic Literacy! A Guide for K–12 Educators

Eli R. Johnson
Sage, June 2009

This text provides a number of explicit strategies to help K–12 students become familiar with the formal, academic language found in classrooms, textbooks and standardised tests. Each of the 36 strategies is designed to help teachers teach the tools and skills needed for understanding and using academic language in reading, writing and spoken forms. Descriptions of each strategy, and its implementation and effectiveness are included, as are ways to include academic language in different content areas. The text also contains grade level specific word lists to help build academic vocabulary. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Classroom activities
Writing
Reading
Literacy
English language teaching

Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships

Steven B. Sheldon, Mavis G. Sanders
Sage, 15 April 2009

Acknowledging the impact of strong principal leadership on developing effective school partnerships, this book outlines ways to initiate goal-focused, equitable and sustainable partnership programs. Included are a series of case studies highlighting the work of principals who have successfully cultivated such partnerships across diverse settings. The text brings together research on principal leadership, school and community partnerships, and urban education reform; discusses the role of fathers in children’s learning; looks at working with diverse families; and offers practical recommendations for evaluating and refining partnership programs. Adapted from publisher's website.

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Subject Headings

School principals
School leadership
School and community

Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties

Jim Rose

The identification of dyslexia among students and subsequent intervention approaches are the focus of this report, which recommends that teachers undertake professional development courses in selecting and implementing literacy intervention programs. Important themes include the benefits of early identification of dyslexia and reading difficulties, the need for effective teaching of reading for all students; effective, early intervention for students with reading difficulties; and the need for ongoing professional development for teachers. All teachers must have the opportunity to develop core skills in literacy intervention; selected teachers at each school should have further specialised knowledge; and local experts should have highly advanced literacy knowledge and skills that can be accessed by others in the region. The report contains suggestions for identifying dyslexia and tackling reading-related difficulties, as well as providing information about teacher development programs. Full text is available online.

 

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Reading difficulties
Reading
Literacy
Child development
Dyslexia